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Michele E. Buttelman SCV Scene: Happy 4th of July!

Posted: June 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.

For everyone who complained during our lovely, cool winter: Is it hot enough for you now? I imagine the air conditioning service technicians in the Santa Clarita Valley are putting in a lot of overtime hours, too! Well, I for one have had enough of summer! Is it winter yet?

Happy 4th of July

I hope the weather cools down some for the 4th of July. Enjoy the day and be careful is you are shooting off fireworks of any kind. This is really not the year to take any chances.

Annual 5K

The Santa Clarita Runners will host their 31st annual Independence Day Classic 5K, 10K Race/Walk and Kids K at Newhall Memorial Park, 24933 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321. The race is coordinated with the city of Santa Clarita and runs along the Newhall Parade route, just prior to the start of the parade. The 10K starts at 7 a.m., 5K Race/Walk start at 8 a.m. and the Kids K starts at 7:45 a.m. For information visit Register at

I love a parade!

The annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade, starts at 9 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Newhall, travels down Lyons Avenue to Orchard Village and ends at Newhall Park. This years theme is "Santa Clarita — The Winning Spirit." For information visit

Safe and sane

I think this year is the yaer to forgo my own fireworks and attend a professional show. City of Santa Clarita presents 4th of July Fireworks Show 9:15-10:30 p.m. at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info:

Ahhh, the Lake!

Castaic Lake 4th of July Celebration at Castaic Lake Recreational Area, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. The Friends of Castaic Lake and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation are sponsoring the Seventh annual "All Day" 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Show.

The public will be able to picnic and swim all morning and then enjoy water slides and jumpers, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. In the afternoon there will be food booths and music 5 -9 p.m. A $30,000 "Lights of Freedom" fireworks extravaganza will presented at dark.

Cost: $25 per carload at the entrance gates or $5 per person walk-in (5 years old and under are free). No RV’s or open truck bed passengers will be allowed.

Additional inside parking will be available after 4 p.m. and will be filled on a first come basis. Vehicle parking inside the Recreational Area is limited and lots will be filled on a first come basis. Outside parking lots will be available, but will require the use of walk-in gates on the South and West sides of the Lower Lake Recreation Area. Info: 661-257-4050.

Dinner with Henry

Summer is here and it is time for some free Shakespeare in the park. This summer’s production is Henry IV part I, and marks the fourth season at the Rivendale site in Towsley Canyon.

Though the performances of the Shakespeare are free, the series is expensive to produce: staging, scenery, costumes, props, designers, directors, programs and restrooms.

In order to raise the funds for the production, the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is inviting patrons for a special "Dinner with Henry," a fund raising dinner and preview of the production.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the director, cast, designers and crew, all of which make it the production possible," says David Stears, the company’s executive director. "It is also a celebration for the opening of the summer season and a way for us to thank our supporters."

The dinner will be held Friday July 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, and include: Dinner, wine, dessert and a exclusive performance of Henry IV part I.

For tickets visit:

General performances are free are Saturdays and Sundays through July: 13, 14, 20, 21, and August 3 and 4th. All performances begin at 7 p.m.

The festival is held at the Rivendale site, located at the entrance of Towsley Canyon and is part of the L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival visit

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook or @SCVScene on Twitter.


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